Building Local Capacity for Delivery of HIV Services in Southern Africa
Project Date: 2010–2015
With support from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and in partnership with Management Sciences for Health, the Building Local Capacity (BLC) for Delivery of HIV Services in Southern Africa Project is strengthening local and regional systems to respond more effectively and sustainably to the HIV & AIDS epidemic. The project builds the capacity of government and civil society entities in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe to implement policies and health services for those infected with and affected by HIV & AIDS. The three key program areas include care and support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC), HIV prevention, and community-based care.
The BLC Project works in the Southern Africa Region to:
- Collaborate with local traditional, cultural, religious, and political leaders, and build a culture of respect, trust, and cooperation.
- Seek out and identify strong regional actors who can provide services regionally or within selected countries, and facilitate collaboration and information sharing among them.
- Improve the skills of individuals who provide and manage health services and support, so that they are motivated and prepared to address HIV & AIDS challenges in their communities.
- Use MSH's organizational development tools that have been widely applied in similar contexts, and adapt them for local contexts to help build a more effective, sustainable response to the HIV & AIDS epidemic.
The five-year BLC Project was awarded to MSH in August 2010.
For more details, download the project fact sheet.